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encyclopedia +‎ -an


encyclopedian (not comparable)

  1. Encyclopedic; embracing the whole circle of learning, or a wide range of subjects.



encyclopedian (plural encyclopedians)

  1. A person who has an encyclopedic knowledge.
    • 2012, Rob Benvie, Maintenance
      This is how Alzheimer's transforms encyclopedians into vegetables, how Parkinson's immobilizes triatheletes.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for encyclopedian in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)